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Sister Jeannette and Sister Constance, in front of the Peace Wall, which showcased the children who strived to make peace with one another.

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Winners of the St. Francis

de Sales Peace Prize, the children with the courage not to fight.

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Comments & Reviews from Readers


“I find the book so inspiring and eye opening! What a great idea to include many voices to tell the tale of this special school. It can’t have been easy to put this together yet it is seamless and a joy to read. I already wish there were more schools like this in the USA.”  


Mary Myers, Professor Emeritus, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

'They believed in the potential and promise of ALL their students, many of whom suffered incredible hardships to come to America as refugees, and their kids had success after success as they learned to believe in themselves."

                               Molly McKaughan, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Emeritus, New Jersey

"I think EVERY teacher should be reading this...especially in Catholic schools that are struggling and afraid to build a structured, strict environment. This is the BLUEPRINT!! It’s a special read."  


  Rashana Barnes-Miller, SFDS Grad 1994, Virginia


"Do It Better! is a shining example of how a school's love and dedication can change children's lives.  The sisters  show us how the St Francis de Sales school offered a safe and nurturing place for children who were immigrants and refugees and guided these youngsters to succeed beyond anyone's expectation. It's a beautiful real-life story of hope that we all need today and is a must-read for anyone working with young people and those wringing their hands about what we can do to change our schools and children's lives."


Sandy Sherman, Director of Nutrition Education, Food Trust, Philadelphia, PA 

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Student Looking Up to the School's Many Peace Makers Honored in the Main Hallway of SFDS

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